Tahltan Nation protest along sacred headwaters in northern British Columbia

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s been just over six weeks since the Tahltan Nation set up a protest camp along sacred headwaters in northern B.C.They are trying to prevent Fortune Minerals from building an open pit coal mine in the area.last_img

Sooka claims white vans still operating in Lanka

New evidence has emerged of on-going torture and sexual violence by the Sri Lankan security forces one year after a new government came to power promising a radical clean up.“Sadly Sri Lanka’s notorious ‘white vans’ are still operating; it’s very much business as usual,” the Executive Director of the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) Yasmin Sooka said adding that “this demonstrates there can be no accountability without urgent security sector reform that leads to the dismantling of the state’s machinery of repression”. The report by ITJP provides graphic details of the torture and rape of both men and women by members of the Sri Lankan security forces under the period in office of the new government. This abuse occurred in both secret and identified sites, including Joseph Camp in Vavuniya, which ITJP named in previous reports as a torture site. The most recent “white van” abduction involving torture and sexual violence known to ITJP occurred as recently as December 2015.According to ITJP, several Tamil politicians, ICRC, and diplomats in Sri Lanka are aware of the on-going violations. The report sets out steps that the Government of Sri Lanka could immediately take to investigate these cases if it is serious about stopping torture and sexual violence. It also warns Tamils formerly connected to the LTTE who are now abroad about the risks of returning to the country. ITJP says twenty Tamil survivors in four countries around the world gave detailed testimony about brutal and repeated torture and sexual assault while in the custody of the Sri Lankan military and police units during 2015. Details of these witnesses have been withheld for their protection and that of family members still in Sri Lanka, all of whom have faced repeated reprisals throughout 2015. Sooka was a former member of the panel appointed by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon to investigate human rights abuses soon after the war in Sri Lanka. The ITJP report notes the importance of security sector reform, law reform and the establishment of an effective witness protection programme if the Sri Lankan government is serious about accountability processes in accordance with the 2015 Geneva resolution.“It is hard to see how a war survivor could safely testify to a Truth Commission in this atmosphere of on-going repression and intolerance,” commented Yasmin Sooka, “one year on it’s time for the Government of Sri Lanka to take urgent meaningful action”. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNP does not see Chinese hand in political crisis

He said that the unity Government had worked with China on several projects. He said the unity Government also had economic agreements with the Chinese.However he said that some politicians may have had personal relationships with some diplomats. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) says it does not see a Chinese hand in the political crisis in the country.UNP Parliamentarian Sarath Fonseka said that both the current and former Governments have had a close relationship with China.

Set of 40 mortal remains repatriated to Kosovo under UN auspices

The Office on Missing Persons and Forensics (OMPF) of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) arranged the transfer in cooperation with the UN Civilian Police Missing Persons Unit (MPU) and the Serbian authorities.All documentation – comprising lists, autopsy reports, death and identification certificates – will be checked before the mortal remains are handed over. The OMPF/MPU team will also confirm that the label codes of the bodies and clothing correspond to the lists provided by the Coordination Committee for Kosovo (CCK). After the verification procedure, the mortal remains will be transported to the mortuary for forensic inspections.UNMIK said family members would be the first to be informed as soon as their loved ones are identified. The provenance of the victims shall not be disclosed to the public at the request of the family associations. The first group of bodies exhumed from Serbia were repatriated to Kosovo in early May. read more

Stock market rally fades ahead of US holiday

A board above the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones industrial average above 19,000, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. U.S. stocks are rising Tuesday morning after most major indexes closed at record highs the day before. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) BEIJING, China – The rally in global stock markets, which saw the Dow close above 19,000 for the first time, petered out on Wednesday as investors prepared for a holiday in the U.S.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.3 per cent to 6,636 while Germany’s DAX shed 0.6 per cent to 10,655. France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent to 4,529. On Wall Street, the futures for the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index were both unchanged, a day after the Dow closed above the 19,000 mark for the first time. The U. S. markets will be closed Thursday for Thanksgiving holiday.WALL STREET: U.S. markets have been the focus since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, which many investors bet will be positive for companies. They expect less regulation of financial services and possibly tax cuts as well as spending on infrastructure. He has affirmed plans to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership but avoided mentioning his campaign pledge to build a wall along the Mexican border. “As Trump has rowed back and not mentioned some of his more extreme policy sound bites, some worries about the nature of his presidency may have begun to abate,” Alex Furber of CMC Markets said in a report. That has helped U.S. indexes hit record highs, with the Dow surpassing 19,000 for the first time and closing at a record high six times in the two weeks.ANALYST’S TAKE: “The bulls have got control here,” Chris Weston of IG said in a report. “U.S. equity and many other developed markets are going higher, at least in the short-term.” Weston noted investors assume the U.S. Federal Reserve will go ahead with an interest rate hike in December. “Emerging markets have found support and are even attracting buyers,” said Weston. “If the Fed were to assess financial conditions in the wake of a potential rate hike they would be wholly enthused.”ASIA’S DAY: Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 rose 1.3 per cent to 5,484.40 and Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.2 per cent to 1,987.95. India’s Sensex gained 0.5 per cent to 26,081.22 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng ended unchanged at 22,676.69. The Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.2 per cent to 3,241.14. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday. Benchmarks in New Zealand and Taiwan gained while Indonesia retreated.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 16 cents to $47.87 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract lost 21 cents on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 12 cents to $49.00 in London. The contract added 22 cents the previous session.CURRENCY: The dollar was roughly steady at 111.21 yen while the euro fell to $1.0615 from Tuesday’s $1.0630. Stock market rally fades ahead of US holiday by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Nov 22, 2016 10:23 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 23, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN health agency and partner call for funds to address tuberculosis threat

In a joint news release, the Director-General of the World Health Organizations (WHO), Margaret Chan, and the Executive Director of the Global Fund, Mark Dybul, said significant funds need to be mobilized to prevent the spread of multi-drug resistant TB, also known as MDR-TB.“We are treading water at a time when we desperately need to scale up our response to MDR-TB,” said Dr. Chan. “We have gained a lot of ground in TB control through international collaboration, but it can easily be lost if we do not act now.”In 2011, 1.4 million people died due to TB, with the greatest per capita death rate in Africa. MDR-TB presents a major threat, with an estimated 630,000 people ill worldwide with this form of TB today.WHO and the Global Fund said the $1.6 billion is needed to fill the funding gap in 118 low- and middle-income countries, the majority of which are located in Africa. These funds could enable full treatment for 17 million TB and MDR-TB patients, and save some 6 million lives in the next three years.“It is critical that we raise the funding that is urgently needed to control this disease,” said Dr. Dybul. “If we don’t act now, our costs could skyrocket. It is invest now or pay forever.”The call for an increase in funds for TB comes ahead of World TB Day on 24 March, which commemorates the day when Robert Koch discovered the mycobacterium that causes tuberculosis in 1882. The Day seeks to raise awareness about the global epidemic and efforts to eliminate the disease.In addition to the $1.6 billion annual gap in international financing, WHO and partners estimate that there is a $1.3 billion annual gap for TB research and development for the 2014-2016 period, including clinical trials for new TB drugs, diagnostics and vaccines. read more

Brock set to attract record numbers

Brock University officials expect to welcome a record number of students this fall, with total enrolment likely to top 18,000 for the first time in the school’s history.Final numbers for the new fall term will not be known until all registrations are completed in mid-September. But the enrolment will include nearly 4,000 full-time first-year students, a near record.The overall enrolment figure includes full-time and part-time, graduates and undergraduates, and teacher education students.Beyond the total numbers, there have also been other encouraging signs in this incoming class.For instance, an increasing percentage of confirmed first-year admits listed Brock as their first-choice preferred university. The average entering grade for first-year students also rose again this year.While enrolments are strong in all Faculties, Brock continues to be a draw particularly in its unique co-op, concurrent education and applied health sciences programs. read more

11 great tips for kissing girls according to the internet

first_imgWikihowIf she says “Aaarrrrrrrgh”, that’s a great sign too.9. Dive in!But how? WikihowThat sort of talk is for after you kiss. Amirite ladies?4. Creep in the shadowsIt’s probably possible to come off as charming in broad daylight, UNLESS YOU HAVE A FACE LIKE A THOUSAND YEAR OLD PIG SCROTUM, LIKE YOURS.Until your eyes adjust, simply blunder into any nearby obstacles. girlschase.comAs you can see, the time to smooch is when you’ve had great conversations. And the best way to tell whether a conversation has been great is to ask yourself, ‘Is there something in the air?’If the answer is yes, and if that something is either ‘romance’, ‘Linden Village Strong Cider’, or ‘the music of Phil Collins’, the time is now.2. Then, take her to a special placeWhere to get your smooch on? Well, first you have to set the mood. girlschase.comCoincidentally, all of these are also great for murders. Particularly the pier! Maybe even make a joke about this on your way! Or not! It’s up to you!3. No toilet talkYou may think that this is a great time to describe your last Number Two in detail. HOLD BACK! Wikihow“Rely on streetlights and porch lights” = do not shine your police-issue torch in her face as this may appear intimidating.5. Use your dirty keks SquidooThere you go. You are now a professional kisser!Thanks, internet!HolyTaco.comMore: 13 great ways to seduce a woman, according to the internet> girlschase.comChicks dig dirty underwear, dude. This guy’s mentor said so.6. What’s the next step? girlschase.comWe’ve translated that visually for you:gifbin.comYou’re welcome.10. OK, we’re smooching like two horny guppies. What to do?IMPORTANT: Allow her to continue breathing. Yahoo! VoicesToenail biting is right out, dude. Sorry.8. At this point she should be making kind of a pirate expressionAs this diagram shows: GIRLS, EH? THERE they are being all lovely and smelling nice.All we want to do is smooch them. But how – HOW? – can we find out how to go about it?Luckily the internet has some great tips. We’ve rounded up the best of them to compile this essential Guide To Kissing A Girl. Here’s how to go about it:1. Put ‘something in the air’ WikihowNothing says ‘romantic’ like the back end of a school heating unit, or the peeling rear of a temporary classroom. In the summer or in autumn, obviously – spring and winter are right out.Any other options? Yahoo! VoicesAnd finally: Lovepanky.com7. Any big no-nos at this stage?Yes:last_img read more

Furore as Sydney press goads Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thursday 15 September marked a black day in Australian journalism. In a remarkable rant by the Sydney Morning Herald, the Fairfax newspaper took aim at Greece and Greeks with a volley of insults and invective. Within hours of the article’s publication, reaction from Greece and the Greek Australian community has been swift and strong. In a story that plumbed the depths of Australian journalistic standards, the SMH took the extraordinary step of promoting itself as an advisor to eurozone leaders with the headline ‘Throw out cheating Greece before the rot cripples rest of the world’. The 900 word opinion piece, written by SMH columnist Paul Sheehan, went on to vilify Greece and Greek people drawing spurious connections between the economic crisis in Greece and the value of Australian superannuation funds. Counsellor for Press at the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, Mr Nicholas Economidis in a letter to the newspaper, has expressed the Consulate’s discontent with the article’s tone and content, accusing the paper of making insulting statements. The Greek Ambassador to Australia, Alexios Christopoulos, expressed his dismay over the article. “It is a ridiculous article because of the way that it is expressed,” said the Ambassador. “It reminds me of the old times, like the extremes and incitements which created the Second World War.” In his startling diatribe, Sheehan’s first paragraph set the tone for the rest of article:”Greece may be far away… but it is dragging down the value of your superannuation because its problems are a drag on the global sharemarket. The root cause of the problem is simple. The national sport of Greece is cheating. Cheating across every tier of society.” The article went on to make sweeping generalisations concerning levels of corruption in Greece, including the suggestion that illegal betting in Greek soccer was a metaphor for a national malaise, that had single-handedly resulted in the Greek economic crisis, and which had then gone on to threaten world markets and subsequently, the value of Australian superannuation funds. The invective used by the SMH journalist to support his highly-questionable claims goes as close as any respected Australian newspaper in recent times has gone to making overtly abusive and ethnically racist statements. The Greek Consulate in New South Wales has written to the Sydney Morning Herald asking that the newspaper print the Consulate’s response to the article in full. Following publication on the SMH website, within hours more than 130 comments were posted online in response. Most took great exception to what they had read. Neos Kosmos leaves the last word to SMH readers: “I find [the] article quite disturbing not just in its poor form of an attempted piece of journalism but in its racial provocations. To generalise and label all Greeks as cheaters “across every tier of society” is absurd. Equally absurd is your attempts to justify your reasoning as to why the Greek economy is failing.” -AlphaAlex “The usual hate-journalism… A racist diatribe that shames this newspaper. Replace Greeks with Jews and see what would happen. Most offensive is the use of the execrable acronym ‘pigs’…” – Bazarov “So much vitriol towards the Greeks. What about the profligate Irish who thought that potato famines were a thing of the past and they were all rich by borrowing to invest in houses? Or the delusional and corrupt Yanks who created the mess to begin with? A simple test is this. If you write something about a people and claim it is a ‘characteristic’, try substituting in say ‘Jew’ instead of that ‘ethnicity’. If what you’ve written sounds unacceptable, then what you’ve written is offensive.” – Simeon “… linking dodgy football clubs and cheating athletes to a corrupt society and bankrupt economy is flawed logic. One would never claim that Australia is a corrupt society because the Melbourne Storm cooked the books. Nor would you imply that American people are corrupt because their credit rating agencies gave AAA ratings to derivative products that were backed by dodgy mortgages. Furthermore, Greek PM George Papandreou was the man who pointed out to the world that the books were cooked, not Goldman Sachs… In regards to Super, blame the poor performance on American bankers whose actions lead to the world’s biggest economy facing their biggest economic crisis since the great depression (as opposed to Greece, an economy the size of Victoria’s)…” – Paul “What a hateful and vitriolic article… just plain nasty. Try running your propositions through to their conclusion instead of just making grand hateful statements. The current crisis is a walk in the park compared to what would happen if Greece were kicked out of the EU.” – Anonymous“Yup, them no-good cheatn’ Greeks, what have they ever done for us? Hey Sheehan, Sheik of Lies, why don’t you focus on some of the massive tax-payer funded rorts here in Australia… No need to look overseas. But I reckon the Sheik of Lies is blind to the rorts of his mates in his own backyard. Easier to talk about those darn Greeks.” – Alexander der Grosselast_img read more

Kepa Arrizabalaga I want to become a Chelsea legend

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Kepa Arrizabalaga intends to establish himself as a legend by winning lots of titlesThe Spain international completed a world record transfer for a goalkeeper after joining from Athletic Bilbao in a €80m deal on Wednesday.While only 23 years old, Kepa has made a name for himself in Spain for his performances at the San Mames over the years and had been strongly linked with a switch to Real Madrid in January before opting to remain at Bilbao.Kepa consulted his fellow Spaniard’s Cesar Azpilicueta, Alvaro Morata and Pedro over joining Chelsea and revealed the positive comments he received about the club.“I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days,” he told Chelsea’s official app, The 5th Stand, via Sports Mole.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“And then of course there are many great players here, like N’Golo Kante, [Eden] Hazard, [Olivier] Giroud. It’s a squad full of fantastic players. We have a very exciting season ahead of us, so let’s go for it.”While he has just arrived at West London, Kepa is already aiming big.“All clubs need to fight to win titles and what all players want is to win. So what I would like is to win more titles for the club,” he said.“This is what I aspire to do. I would like to be remembered at this club when I leave years down the line as a goalkeeper that has helped the club win a lot of titles and gone down in history in that way.”Kepa’s move to Chelsea on Wednesday paved the way for Thibaut Courtois to complete his long-awaited transfer to Real Madrid.last_img read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow https://t.co/xtbrHPSoyk pic.twitter.com/ap5Hn59NiG— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Laporte expects a fierce battle from Chelsea

first_imgBookmakers will be getting it all wrong if they feel Manchester City’s game against Chelsea will be a walk in the park, says Aymeric Laporte.The Spanish defender who penned down a new contract with the Citizens has warned his side not to be complacent in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.Both sides have cancelled each other out in the league front but Guardiola’s men are overwhelming favourites having humbled the London side 6-0 less than a fortnight ago.Still a lot to live for, still a lot to enjoy. Thank you @mancity for keeping your trust in me. It is an honour to be part of this family.The best is yet to come! 💙 #AL14 #Laporte2025 pic.twitter.com/qITxDfF2c8— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) February 22, 2019The result compounded Maurizio Sarri’s woes and plunged the future of the Italian manager into serious doubt as the run of disappointing results continued.However, Laporte is of the view that there would not be a repeat of the Etihad Stadium result in Wembley.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“I think that people are mistaken,” Laporte, revealed in a quote cited on Goal.“Their results recently haven’t been good but they have a great squad, great players and they have shown that they know how to play good football.“They have a great team and we have to concentrate on ourselves, do our things well and hopefully we will.“All the matches that we have got from now until the end of the season are finals. We will try to win them all and try to achieve our objectives.Chelsea can’t lose 6-0 to Man City twice… right?https://t.co/92Mq2S6gCs— Goal News (@GoalNews) February 22, 2019“We are expecting a very difficult match, very physical and we have to play at our best level if we are to win.”last_img read more

FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy

first_img June 28, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lauren Phinney, Posted: June 28, 2018 FDA approves new cannabis based drug to treat epilepsycenter_img Updated: 8:56 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The FDA has approved a cannabis based drug to treat epilepsy. Dr. Jerry Shih, Director of Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at UCSD, was in studio to tell KUSI’s Lauren Phinney all about the new drug and an event taking place this weekend designed to raise awareness.LOKK for Epilepsy (dedicated to LOKK Legal) is a San Diego based non-profit organization founded by the family and friends of Koorosh Khashayar and we are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for epilepsy research. Our critical mission is to find a cure for Epilepsy, not just control the seizures, to find a cure for this disorder and to prevail over the challenges that effect so many people each day from experiencing a full life. We will do this through educating and funding research to accelerate treatment.Koorosh Khashayar (owner of LOKK Legal, a San Diego based Law firm) passed away (on September 6, 2015) at the age of 32, from a seizure. He was a pillar of his community and a successful young attorney. Koorosh was an amazing man who worked hard to help the people in his community. He not only donated funds to great causes (Miracle Babies, Susan G. Komen for Breast Cancer, Big Brother/Big Sister of San Diego and many more) , but he also volunteered his free time to feed the homeless at the Urban Angels in San Diego and walked the 60 miles to support the Susan G. Komen foundation’s 3-Day walk for breast cancer awareness numerous times.Koorosh was a man to be admired, who held a high regard for helping others, and he was taken from us too soon. Koorosh was diagnosed with Epilepsy after he had his first seizure when he was only 17 years old. This is when Koorosh and his family began to understand the frustrations of dealing with this disease. The lack of information, funding and research, the lack of actual knowledge about the medication prescribed by doctors, and ongoing testing of multiple medications was alarming. Koorosh was put on different medications and treated by multiple doctors in many cities across California, from Stanford to the University of San Francisco, to San Diego. None of these doctors or medications succeeded in curing his Epilepsy, they only went to attempt to control the seizures. The medications he took (and all epileptic patients take) only reduce the likelihood of a seizure but do not provide a cure. He and his family were very frustrated over the years being told by many doctors that he would be living with this forever, and continue to take various medications, each with their own side effects.Koorosh lived a great life, he did not let this effect how he lived, loved and cared for everyone he encountered. Most of the people that knew him did not know what he was dealing with on a day to day basis. He was very proud and did not want any sympathy, he wanted to be the one who helped others. He was full of life and his family and friends want to ensure the frustration and loss that they have experienced does not affect others. This is why this foundation has been formed, to get the word out, to get the needed funding to finally find a cure for Epilepsy. Browse the Lokk 4 Epilepsy web site to learn more about us and our goals to find a cure for epilepsy. Lauren Phinney last_img read more

Girl 6 swept away in Clackamas River

first_imgAt 4:12 p.m. Sunday, January 22, 2012 Clackamas County Communications (CCOM) received a 911 call from Ripplebrook Ranger Station, approximately 25 miles east of Estacada, Ore. The caller reported his 6-7 year old daughter had fallen into the Clackamas River near Austin Hot Springs and been swept away.At the time of the call the girl had been missing for about one hour according to the initial report.Clackamas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) is responding to the scene with assistance from multi-agency water rescue units and AMR Reach and Treat.A request is being made for air support from the National Guard.Search efforts are underway.Poor weather and high water conditions may hamper search efforts.There are no further updates at this time.last_img read more

Tribunal rules against Ministry of Justice in pensions discrimination case

first_imgThe London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Lord Chancellor has discriminated against judges in relation to changes to  the judicial pension scheme.The case, which was brought by 210 judges, including six High Court judges, centres around the closure of the judicial pension scheme on 31 March 2015. Following the closure, serving judges were transferred to a new judicial pension scheme, however older judges who were full protection members or tapered protection members, were able to remain in the original scheme until their retirement or the end of their tapered protection period.The original judicial pension scheme provided an annual pension which accrued at the rate of 1/40th of a judge’s final pensionable pay, multiplied by the number of year’s service up to 20, as well as a lump sum payable on retirement at the rate of 2.25 times the annual rate of pensions. The normal pension age was set at 65 and a surviving spouse’s or civil partner’s pension was paid at half the rate of the member’s pension. The new scheme in comparison offers an annual pension that accrues at the rate of 1/43rd of pensionable pay on a career average basis with no upper limit on the length of service. No lump sum is provided and the surviving spouse’s or civil partner’s pension is paid at 3/8th of the rate of the member’s pension.The claimants argued that permitting older judges to remain in the pension scheme while requiring younger judges to enter the new, less favourable scheme, constituted age discrimination.A full protection member is an individual who was an active member of the judicial pension scheme both on 31 March 2012 and 31 March 2015 and who would reach a normal pension age under that scheme before 1 April 2022. A tapered protection member is an individual who was an active member of the judicial pension scheme on those same dates, who would reach normal pension age between 2 April 2022 and 1 September 2025. The tribunal found therefore that a judge’s status with regards to the pension scheme depended entirely on age.The respondents contended that the changes to the pension scheme fulfilled the legitimate aim of protecting those who were closest to retirement from the financial effects of pension reform, however the tribunal found no evidence to support this.The tribunal also upheld that the changes amounted to indirect race and sex discrimination by disproportionately impacting female and black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) judges.Shubha Banerjee, an employment lawyer at Leigh Day, which represented 204 of the judges, said: “This is a great victory for our clients, many of whom sit alongside older judges who were appointed some years after them but who are, in effect, paid more purely because they are older. The fact that there is a significant number of female and BME judges in the younger group simply compounds the unfairness of the changes that were made to judicial pensions.”Shah Qureshi, partner and head of the employment department at Bindmans, which represented the six High Court judges, added: “The Lord Chancellor has failed to justify these discriminatory reforms. These reforms not only discriminate against younger judges but also disproportionately impact on women and ethnic minorities. The protection of those closest to retirement at the expense of younger judges was not a legitimate aim nor was it proportionate. Indeed the tribunal noted that younger judges compelled to join the new scheme are the worst affected by the reforms. The judgment also makes clear that there were non-discriminatory alternatives open to the government.”A government spokesperson said: “We are disappointed by the court’s findings and will be considering whether to appeal the judgment.”last_img read more

Charging hoverboard sparks North Lauderdale house fire family displaced

first_img“And then it just explode,” said Fils-Aime.The home sustained significant damage, especially to the ceiling. Cellphone video captured the extent of the damage to the interior of the residence.The blaze does not come as a shock to those in the disaster recovery business.“I said, ‘Wow, it’s a very common thing,’” said Juan Matos with Disaster Services LLC.Matos said he and his crew have met multiple families who had no idea a fire hazard was charging inside their homes.“I see fires every day, but one of the most common ones that I’ve seen is definitely the hoverboard,” he said.Fils-Aime’s family, including his mother and grandmother, managed to escape the fire, but they lost just about everything. What wasn’t burned is now covered in soot. “The stuff around it caught on fire first. That’s how it got so big,” said Fils-Aime.Now he and his family are looking for another place to live.Fils-Aime’s mother is a single mother of four who is also caring for her elderly mother. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help them get back on their feet.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A home in North Lauderdale went up in flames after, officials said, a hoverboard that was left charging caught fire.North Lauderdale Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze along the 6700 block of Boulevard of Champions, just after 1 a.m., Sunday.Officials said the hoverboard had been left charging overnight in a bedroom when it started to overheat and ignited.Cellphone video captured firefighters battling the flames at the residence.“My house is on fire right now,” a woman is heard saying in the video.Dante Fils-Aime, the 13-year-old owner of the hoverboard, returned to his house on Monday to further survey the damage.The teen said he’d left his hoverboard charging in his sister’s room. last_img read more

The 5 best cashback services right now

first_imgEbates often runs cash-back specials with higher rates than normal, like this 3x multiplier at some stores. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET Cash-back services sound too good to be true. You get money back when you shop online at many, if not most, stores? And there are no strings attached? Yeah, right.Yeah, right! These are the real deal, and in fact if you’re not using a cash back service every time you shop, you’re leaving money on the table. Now playing: Watch this: Double-dip on your cashback credit card Comments Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 25 Cash back 101They work like this: Suppose you’re shopping for a laptop and eyeballing a Lenovo. Normally you’d go to Lenovo’s site, choose your model and check out — same as you would for any other product at any other store.To score extra cash back (and I say “extra” because I’m assuming you’re already using a cash-back credit card), you simply detour to a cash-back service — let’s say Ebates — and then proceed to Lenovo. Choose your model, check out like normal and you’re done.If you happened to do that today, you’d have scored not only a coupon code good for 20 percent off, but also a cash rebate of 7 percent. So, for example, a Yoga Flex 14 priced at $850 would have dropped to around $720 post-coupon, and then to around $670 post-rebate.That’s just one example. Cash-back rates vary from service to service, store to store and sometimes even week to week — but so what? It’s extra money you wouldn’t have saved otherwise, and just as the percentage points you get from your credit card add up over time, so does this.What’s the cash-back catch?There must be a catch, right? You must be opening a veritable vein in your privacy and agreeing to all kinds of spam, telemarketing and other evils. Otherwise, how do these services make money?Here’s how: Using the aforementioned example, when Ebates sends you to Lenovo and you buy something, Ebates earns a cut of that purchase — and gives you a cut of that cut. This is called affiliate marketing, and it’s extremely common on the interwebs these days. Case in point: CNET may earn commission from the services featured below.Now, is there also some tracking and data-gathering involved? No question. These sites use browser cookies to track your purchase, which is necessary to confirm that purchase and give you your rebate. Do cash-back services also aggregate and sell this data? If you peruse the terms and conditions and privacy-policy pages, you’ll see that most of them say they reserve the right to do so.Here’s my thinking: So what? There is so much tracking of your browsing and purchase activity already — think Amazon, Facebook, Google — who cares if Ebates tells some marketing company you bought a Keurig at Target? Or a laptop from Lenovo?I don’t. I’d just as soon have the money, thanks. Obviously if you prefer to keep your online activities as private as possible, maybe cash-back services aren’t for you. That’s cool, they’re optional. I’ll simply say that my use of cash-back services hasn’t resulted in an increase in spam, junk mail, telemarketing calls or anything like that. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I have zero qualms about recommending these services.What’s the best cash-back service?OK, but which ones? What qualifies as a “best” in my book? I prize simplicity above all else. I don’t want to have to jump through hoops like completing special offers, watching videos, earning points or building a pyramid of friends. I just want to shop like I normally do and score cash rebates along the way.Then there’s longevity: There are lots of cash-back services out there. I look for those that have at least a few years under their belts. To me that satisfies the “trustworthiness” question: If a service hasn’t been good to its users, chances are it won’t be able to keep any. The exception I’m making here is for Dosh, which is relatively new — but I’ve found it to be excellent.Most cash back services offer a sign-up bonus, and of course it makes sense to look for the largest bonus you can get. Likewise, you can usually get referral bonuses for encouraging friends and family members to sign up, and those can add up. Right now, for example, Ebates pays a $25 bounty for each person who signs up with your referral ID code (and spends at least $25 using the service). If you manage to sign up just one person per month, you’d pocket $300 over the course of a year.Finally, circling back to the question of privacy, of course it’s natural to be concerned about it. Be sure to peruse the privacy-policy pages and look for sections with titles like, “Use of information we collect.” If something jumps out as suspicious or just plain unacceptable, consider a different service instead.Below I’ve chosen my five favorites. This is by no means a comprehensive list — I definitely recommend looking into others as well. But I’ve used all of them, and they all have at least one stand-out feature.EbatesFounded: 1998Sign-up bonus: $10Referral bonus: $25Mobile app: YesThe great-granddaddy of cash-back services, Ebates is arguably the best of them all right now. Although its rates aren’t always the highest, it offers some key benefits: shopping via mobile app (many services limit you to desktop browsers); in-store rebates in addition to online ones; and, at this writing, a considerable $25 bonus for easy person who signs up using your referral link. The in-store option in particular is matched by few other services. If you enjoy the occasional trip to the mall, you can score cash-back savings by linking a credit card to your Ebates account, then activating in-store offers before you shop. At this writing, for example, you can get 2 percent back at Bed Bath & Beyond and 4 percent at Sephora.I also like Ebates’ browser plug-in, which immediately alerts you when cash-back savings are available and even gives you an at-a-glance account overview. It saves you having to detour to the Ebates sites when activating purchase-tracking. It sometimes finds coupon codes for you as well — much like Honey (see below).You’ll have to be patient, though: Ebates pays out quarterly, and your two payment options are mailed check and PayPal. Those minor limitations aside, this is the service I typically recommend for anyone new to cash back.HoneyFounded: 2012Sign-up bonus: $0Referral bonus: $5Mobile app: Coming in 2019I like Honey because it does way more than just cash back. In fact, it started out as an online coupon-finder, a browser plug-in that looks up codes for you at checkout. It still does that, but now also provides product price histories at stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. That means you can easily determine if something has been on sale for less than the current price — and create an alert to get notified when there’s a price drop.honey-cashbackFeel like rolling the dice? Honey gives you a random cash-back percentage when you shop at certain stores. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET Honey’s cash-back component, Honey Gold, works differently than most: Instead of a fixed rebate rate at each store, you get a randomized one. You’ll see what the range can be, then find out after the purchase how it ended up. It might turn out to be higher than you could get elsewhere, or it might end up lower.The other key difference: The “gold” you earn can be redeemed only for gift cards at the likes of Amazon, Macy’s, Target and Walmart. Typically, every 1,000 gold points is worth $10 at any given store. Obviously I’d prefer a straight-up cash option, but Honey is so useful in other ways, it’s worth having even if it just scores you gift cards.doshEnlarge ImageDosh links to your credit card to automatically score you savings — not just from online stores, but local ones as well. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET DoshFounded: 2017Sign-up bonus: $5Referral bonus: $5Mobile app: YesDosh is strictly an app-powered service, but not in the way you think. You link one or more credit or debit cards to it (all of them fully encrypted), then use the app to see what stores (including local and online ones) are offering cash-back deals. You might find anything from, say, 5 percent at your favorite local taco place to 3 percent at Chevron gas stations (the latter an actual current Dosh offer).Then just use one of your linked cards at one of those places to score that extra cash back — and I say “extra” because this works even if that same card is already giving you cash back. It’s a double-dip!I’ll sometimes forget about Dosh and then get notified that I got a rebate from a restaurant or store, when I wasn’t even expecting it. That feels gloriously like found money. Your payout options include direct deposit, PayPal and donating to charity.Mr. RebatesFounded: 2002Sign-up bonus: $5Referral bonus: 20 percent of friends’ rebatesMobile app: YesI’m fairly new to Mr. Rebates, which can be a little off-putting at first thanks to its cartoonish logo. Where my money is concerned, I prefer a site that looks a little more professional.mr-rebatesMr. Rebates has the potential to earn you a decent chunk of referral fees, to say nothing of cash back. Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET However, the service has competitive rates and, for the avid referrer, one of the most potentially profitable options anywhere: Instead of earning a flat rate for each person you refer, you earn an ongoing percentage of their rebates. Build up a large enough network of active shoppers and you could really start to enjoy some extra cash.Beyond that, Mr. Rebates compares favorably with the likes of Ebates, with tools like a browser plug-in and mobile apps. You can cash out via gift card, PayPal or check, though you do have to wait 90 days to take your payout. I have the least amount of experience with this service, but the referral option alone makes it worth a look.TopCashbackFounded: 2011Sign-up bonus: $0Referral bonus: $10Mobile app: YesJust as it makes sense to comparison-shop to make sure you’re getting the lowest price, it pays to compare cash-back services to see if you’re getting the highest rate. More often than not, I find that TopCashback beats Ebates — and offers savings at more stores as well.topcashback-top-offersTopCashback often has some of the best cash-back rates. Check out the 10 percent at Fitbit! Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET At this writing, for example, TopCashback is offering up to 8 percent at Home Depot. Ebates doesn’t have that store in its roster. In the market for a Fitbit? You’ll save 10 percent via TopCashback and just 4 percent via Ebates. At Macy’s, it’s 8 percent versus 6 percent.There’s another big TopCashback advantage: Once cash gets added to your account, you can get your payout anytime, not just on a 90-day schedule. TopCashback also offers a lot more payout options, including gift cards — with bonuses if you choose that option — prepaid virtual credit cards and direct deposit. You can’t do a check by mail, however.Although the service does offer mobile apps, it lacks a browser plug-in — meaning when you’re shopping via your PC, you’ll have to visit the TopCashback site and then click through to the store. It’s a minor hassle, but a hassle all the same.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. 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They Cant Kill Us All

first_imgBy Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Special to the AFROThere are neighborhoods in Baltimore City that feel like they are remote, cut off from the rest of the city, distant. I have spent the last seven months visiting some of these communities, walking through the neighborhoods, visiting the schools and churches and liquor stores, and sitting down and talking to as many people as I could. There were days when the work felt hard, like when I met students who believed that they had no future, or adults who complained about living in a city where nobody cared if they lived or died. The work, on those days, felt overwhelming, painful even, but it was necessary because these are the stories and experiences that need to be shared. We need to sit with them, to see this city through their eyes, and to acknowledge their pain and their frustration. We also need to feel their joy, read the laughter and love in their stories and bear witness to their incredible acts of daily resistance and survival. There were days when I would leave a community full of hope that our city was getting better and on the road to recovery and then, there were days when it felt like it was the beginning of the end and that help was not on the way.Dr. Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Courtesy Photo)This is how I felt when I heard about the shooting that took place at Frederick Douglass High School last month. I have visited that school multiple times, participating in Teach-Ins and hosting a Teen Summit. I have gotten to know a few of the teachers and the students and I have always felt safe in the building. Every time that I visited, I encountered a locked door, I had to walk through the metal detector, and I was directed to go straight to the office. There are many schools in Baltimore that do not have this type of strict protocol in place.The reality is that we live in a country where more than 400 people have been shot in over 200 school shootings and 2018 was considered to be the worst year for school shootings in recent history. At the same time, according to recent data, the statistical likelihood of being shot and killed in a mass school shooting is 1 in 614 million. As a parent of two school-age sons, I wrestle with this dichotomy every day, particularly because the trauma of dealing with the aftermath of a mass school shooting affects us all. I want more security protocols in place and I want to keep our children and our teachers safe; I just do not want guns in schools during the school day, either through arming teachers or by allowing Baltimore City school police officers (the only sworn school police force in the state) to carry their sidearms in the school during the day. This has been an ongoing debate and discussion because Baltimore City is the only school district in Maryland where school police are not allowed to carry their service weapons throughout the school day. Earlier this year, the Baltimore City School Board, in a vote of 10-0, voted against supporting a measure to expand the carrying powers for school police; but, in the aftermath of the Douglass shooting, while we were still dealing with the trauma, they chose to revisit this decision and to shift their position in favor of this measure. This is problematic and controversial because even with the shooting, there are still so many teachers and students who do not want guns to be carried in their school.Last year, at the end of my Teen Summit at Douglass, where we talked about this issue and about community violence and policing, two young women came up to me to share their  stories. Michelle was extremely animated and told me that they talk about this all of the time, “We feel safer in school than we do on our blocks. When we’re at home and I hear gunshots, I just tell myself that they can’t kill us all. I hate guns.” Renee jumped in, “Me too, guns took away a lot of people that I love.” She stopped for a moment and sighed, “People think that just because we see guns all the time, we’re ok with them but we’re not. We just want to have one place where we don’t have to see them or think about them or even deal with them.” As they started to walk away, Michelle turned back to me, “One place. I don’t think that’s asking too much.”Karsonya Wise Whitehead is the #blackmommyactivist and an associate professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. She is the host of “Today With Dr. Kaye” on WEAA 88.9 FM and the author of the forthcoming “Dispatches from Baltimore: The Birth of the Black Mommy Activist.” She lives in Baltimore City with her husband and their two sons.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

Beard no longer weird

first_imgToday, among various trends coming in, the resurgence of beard is the most prevalent and pandemic one. Over the ages the tradition of beard has been prevalent and influencing. Although there had been breaks in the fad with the clean shaven look gaining more popularity, recently the beard has made its comeback. Teenagers and adults alike all over the world have begun treating facial hair as a complement to their features. The facial hair trend which gained popularity in the early 2010s continues to grow still showing no signs of decline. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Apart from good looks, beard provides men with cosmetic benefits as well, as it can hide acne or acne scars and strengthen a weak jaw line. So, it is a best substitute for make up for men. Moreover “full beards don’t leave a lot of face to pamper”. Men often use their beards to reflect strength, manliness, self-esteem, ‘swag’ and status. Beards are seemingly attached to just about every twenty-something male face you see. It is believed that a man with a beard generates dominance and lets a woman know that he can be a good protector.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGrowing beard is not an easy task though, it involves patience and perfect grooming. It adds to a man’s personality as well, as it makes him calm and somehow conscious. A man with an endurance of taking care of his beard, grooming it daily is most likely to be a calm person and a good listener. Sporting beard adds to the versatility of looks in men. No matter what, it will always be fashionable to grow a beard. Women too are fond of men with hairy chins, as they are thought to be wise and mature than their clean shaven peers. With the growing concern among men to follow this interesting trend there are certain products available to remove the anxiety, like beard balm which makes the beard look thicker and darker. Beard also lessens the chances of skin aging process by preventing air borne microbes from infecting the skin and provides a lasting look of youth and masculinity. However growing beard needs more hygienic care which means perfect cleansing as beard harbours more germs because facial hair is denser and easily traps dirt and germs. Stating about the increase in the beard trends one can’t step forward without addressing “No-Shave November”, a month long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness, a month for all the men to reconcile their love for beards. The “World Beard Day” too has gained popularity, which is celebrated annually on an international level. It is held on the first Saturday of September and is characterised by the happiness of all people being with their beards and with each other. It is about promoting and elevating the global status of the beard. Arya Dev, 22, a DJ by profession sporting a full bearded face stated, “I feel so confident with my beard that I can’t imagine myself without my hairy chin. I think I am obsessed with it.” What if some day he wakes up and finds himself without his beard? He said that he would hide himself for months till his beard grows back.There is a relatively clear pattern of beards coming in and out of fashion. Like the animal inspired beard ‘Goatee’, from Abraham Lincoln to Johnny Depp, this style has found its way in and out of trends. The ‘Full Beard’, which is recently seen attached to Shahid Kapoor in Udta Punjab considerably known as the classic style is among the most tempting ones. ‘Garibaldi Beard’ also known as the statement beard, is best suited to those looking for a slightly more unkempt style. It is a wide and full beard with a rounded bottom and an integrated moustache. Spotted by many including Robert Pattinson and George Clooney, this style offers a vintage and authentic look. ‘Friendly Mutton Chops’ referred as sideburns owned by Hugh Jackman in X-Men seems to be convincing to acquire a different look. ‘Short Stubble’, which can be achieved by growing facial hair for a few days after shaving is one of the most popular and simple sorts of facial hair which seems to be attached to every other male.last_img read more